Hey there tennis fans!
It's just starting to sink in that we are approaching the
tail end of our season! Holy cow! Time flies. Although we have had our fair shares of ups and downs
throughout the season, we have played some unbelievable matches and our team
has grown so incredibly close and not to mention, we have created countless
memories that we will remember forever. I would have to say that the team
chemistry this year is probably the strongest we have had in my three years
here. Although when we are out there individually on the court, we still are a
part of something bigger, a team. And we are so lucky to be surrounded by such
caring, supportive, hard-working and fun group of girls.
Coach Jamie had us do this activity at our Tuesday meeting
this past week. He understands that we have been a little hard on ourselves
with our recent losses and he wanted to remind us through this activity that a
loss is a loss and it shouldn't lead us to individually self-destruct. Jamie
thought of a perfect quote the other day when Lisa was having her frustrations
get the better of her on the court, and by that I mean she was considering throwing
in the towel and becoming a professional ball picker-upper....a promising career?
Jamie said, "You don't know what love is until you hate it." Obviously we come
to the courts everyday because we love the sport so much, All those hours spent
everyday...we wouldn't come out and keep grinding out there if we didn't love the
Jamie tried to reassure us that we can't always love tennis.
We have to hate it at some point in order to really appreciate it and love it
all over again. That's the way of the world not just with tennis but with
anything important to us in our lives. Like I mentioned before, we are a part
of something bigger than just ourselves, we are part of an amazing squad that
has our backs. We work hard day in and day out, together. We get through the
good, the bad and the ugly, together.
For this activity that he wanted us to take part in during
the meeting, Jimbo gave us all these small sticks. He had us all recall our
recent frustrations and stresses and take it out on the stick essentially and
break it in half. Than he got another group of sticks he handed out and he
wanted us to put them all together and than individually try to break that. We
quickly found out that that was way too hard to do. From this exercise, we
learned, we are only as strong as our team together, (so all the sticks together)
and we are not nearly as strong on our own. This really hit home for me because
it shows how valuable team dynamics are.
It's been so long since we've talked about our pet mascot, Munchie
the squirrel, but it is not to say that he's not around, because he most
certainly is, but he definitely is a lot more in and out than he used to be.
This past week, he really wanted to remind us that he is back on his aggressive
food-seeking grind. Some how, I can't even begin to tell you how, Munchie
chewed his way through Lisa's Tupperware full of nuts. He actually broke into
Tupperware with his apparent razor sharp teeth. I mean that's just impressive.
Lisa is supposed to be Munchie's favorites! But hey, a squirrels gotta do what
a squirrels gotta do I guess. He peeked to see nuts and he absolutely went
after that. I honestly don't know how its little teeth didn't break off after
tackling that Tupperware. Lesson learned, Munchie is forever on the prowl. We
should never for a second think that he's found new territories to claim or
other teams to interrogate with his hunger and killer instincts.
Saturday's match was against University of Pacific and it
also happened to be REPRESENT DAY for all student athletes. Represent day is a
day where we try to show our utmost support and LMU pride for all the athletes
and go out to watch a game or two. It was not just us who had a match. Soccer,
softball, baseball, volleyball and water polo also had games going on.
needless to say, there were ample opportunities for fans, peers, family
members, or other athletes to come out and game-hop. There was a decent crowd
that came out for our match, which was nice. And we won, which was even
sweeter! It was a close 4-3 and everyone took care of business and we did what
was necessary to win. We were happy to solidify this win because going into the
match, they had our same win-loss record, so winning that match can put us in
better position for the seeding in the conference tournament.Sunday
Senior day was a success. Although the win did not go
our way against No. 43 ranked, St Mary's. Kristine's opponent at 1 is ranked
No. 8 in the country. All considering, Kristine fought a great battle. The
other girls' scores were super close as well but we were not able to come out
on the top in the end.
On a happier note, Lisa and I put ourselves in charge for
putting together gift baskets for our three seniors--Miya, Reka and Claudia in
order to commemorate senior day. Lisa and I love to get cute gifts for friends
so we had fun putting together a basket of little trinkets that we knew our
teammates would enjoy. We also made them their own picture collages of fun team
pictures that we compiled throughout the year.
As cliché as it sounds, pictures
are really worth a thousand words and it warmed my heart to see their reactions
when we gave those collages to them. They were all so touched.
There is always
something about getting gifts where you actually spent time to create it
yourself compared to buying something at a store that might not have any really
emotional connection to it.
This coming week we have our very last game of the season
against Pepperdine on their turf. It would mean the world if you wished us luck
or wanted to even make a trip out there in Malibu to watch us go out with a
bang one final time....before the conference tournament of course.
That's all for now! GO LIONS!